Sam George Unveils Livelihood Support Programme for Ningo-Prampram
By Felix Engsalige Nyaaba
In fulfillment of a campaign promise to alleviate poverty among his people when elected to parliament as their representative, Hon Sam Nartey George, Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, has unveiled what he termed “MPs Livelihood Support Programme” as part of his Social Intervention Fund(SIF) to lift the constituents from extreme poverty.
According to him, in the run up to the 2016 general elections, he promised to transform the area by first initiating poverty reduction policies to bridge the yawning gap of employment and development t among the constituents when elected.
Thankfully, he said, he was elected into parliament with 23,860 Votes out of the valid votes cast representing 63 percent, hence the initiative of the livelihood support programme, to cater for the people of Ningo-Prampram, especially women and youth as well as Persons with Disability(PWDs) to unlock their potentials in all fields of skillful trades.
The Ningo-Prampram constituency which is also a District covered a total land area of about 622.2 square kilometers and is located about 15 km to the east of Tema and about 40 km from Accra, the capital of Ghana.
The district is bounded in the north by Shai-Osudoku district, south by the Gulf of Guinea, in the east by the Ada West district and to the west by Kpone-Katamanso district.
It population, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census, is 70,923 representing 1.8 percent of the region’s total population. Males constitute 47.3 percent and females represent 52.7 percent.
The Livelihood Support Programme initiated by the MP in place of his annual Homowo party, sought to support the constituents in their retail businesses.
Beneficiaries were presented with items including, baking ovens, assorted hard and soft crate of drinks, deep freezers, two bags of maize, baking flour and butter, call cards, musical instruments, among others, to constituents who are operating businesses such as: drinking spots bakeries, frozen foods, water, call cards, maize and paper trades.
A 42 year old physically challenged, Jonathan Nartey, who had vowed never to beg on the street for survival and went into mobile recharge cards, received cards worth of GHS1,000.00, to sustain his ten years business which was on the verge of collapsing.
The youth of Ningo were also given GHS4,000.00 for a football match with the Dansoman based football club, Liberty Professionals,to climax the 2018 Homowo festival, while the Women groups also presented with a set of Branz Band.
In all, the beneficiaries received items worth GHC 30, 000 for their various businesses. They included first time businesses and businesses that had folded up because of capital constraints.
Interacting with Journalists after presenting the business items to the beneficiaries at Ningo on Saturday August 25, Hon Sam George said he is supporting women, youth and the disabled persons as part of his vision to rid off poverty and unlock the unemployment situation
He explained that, over the years he use the funds to organise dinner parties during the Homow festivals, but upon thought of the needs of the constituent, he decided to rather use the funds to support the individual whose businesses have collapsed and they needed just a little capital to revamp.
Mr George noted that, the intervention was also intended to become a major instrument of fostering individual and collective empowerment of the people and transformation for the area.
He said since empowering the youth and the marginalized in society was a crucial pre-requisite for sustainable development, so on assuming office as the MP for the area he decided together with leadership of his party in the constituency to make such interventions to better the lot of the people through poverty alleviating programmes.
The lawmaker said he had realised that his people have potentials and are willing to work but lacked the necessary skills and capital to push them forward, so he decided to also purchased tricycles and motorbikes for the youth to do business, stating that, he believed the saying that, “it is better to teach the people to fish rather than give them fish to eat.”
So far, the MP said he has donated ten tricycles and five motorbikes to the youth and promised more in the next quarter of the year.
He expressed confidence that, with the livelihood support programme, more youth who are left on the street for years without any kind of assistance would be able to fend for themselves and their immediate family dependents.
“So the motorbikes and tricycles are going to help the youth to find some jobs by way of getting them into trade kind of, like selling of pure water, distribution, among others,” he said.
In addition to that, the MP said, he had devoted thousands of his MPs Common Fund to provide students/pupil with scholarship, to reduce the burden on parents to boast standard of education in the constituency.
Already, he said through the MPs Common Fund, many tertiary students from the constituency are been granted scholarship to pursue various courses, saying, “with my MPs Common Fund, a students who is pursuing Masters is being sponsored including his hostel accommodation and I am looking out for more of such students to support.”
With regards to health and roads projects, Hon Sam George said he is devoting most part of his MPs Funds to complete and fix medical equipments for the surgery theatre at the Prampram Polyclinic, which started under his predecessor, Hon E.T Mensah, while effort been made to refurbish the Lekpongunor CHPs Common which has been under poor condition.
Touching on roads network, the young Legislator said though the roads in the constituency are deplorable, effort is being made to tackle most of them to enable residents, especially traders and the Fisher Folks access to bring food produces to the market centres.
The MP who is a member on Public Accounts and Communication Committees of Parliament later took the Journalists through some of the roads of which he is facilitating the Contractor to complete
Some of the roads which he pointed served as a major routs to link the constituency to the Ada East and West Districts to the Volta region includes the over 9km road from old Ningo to Ahwiam, Mangotsonya, Kponor, Ayetepa, Lekpongunor to Dawa.
Mr Sam George also want the current government to continue with projects commenced by the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, especially education, roads and health projects in the constituency.
He expressed thankful to the constituent for the support given him, especially the Chiefs, women groups and the entire youth based and urged them to remained peaceful to each other but hopeful.
He said, there could not be development without peace and cooperation, promising he would never let them down as their MP and vowed to deliver high quality services in parliament and at the constituency.
Ms Patience Apetey, one of the beneficiaries who said her Drinking Spot business collapsed because she used the money to cater for her children education and also paid electricity bills, praised the MP for the livelihood support programme, saying that the support she got would enable her revamp her three businesses to cater for the family.